Let Your Geek Flag Fly High!

Here is yet another belated blog post as I recall my awesome Memorial Day weekend at Comicpalooza in Houston. One of the things I love most about this event is that it’s in my home town, so I get to attend the entire weekend with little fuss.


There are always so many amazing costumes at this con, it’s hard to get photos of them all. I didn’t take nearly enough this year! In the ones I’m posting here I blacked out the faces of innocent bystanders who might not want their faces all over my blog.

There’s always such a great mix of costumes. From superheroes to comic book characters, movie characters, and even storybook characters.

Like any good con, Comicpalooza is loaded with panels and workshops. This year’s Literary track was amazing. One panel was all about Celtic writing. Cornelia Amiri, and Heather and Christopher Dunbar really know their stuff in this genre. I was very impressed.

I was honored to share a panel on Brainstorming, Mind Mapping, and Free Writing with Leo King, George Wright Padgett, and Emily Evans. I’ll never think of Frankenstein the same way again.


Doctors abounded at the con but unfortunately I didn’t get a photo with one. I did the next best thing and tried to run away in a Tardis instead.


Since the Tardis was apparently out of gas I considered the Jurassic park jeep…but then I remembered how that turned out in the movies.



Was there a van in that far, far, away space, a long, long time ago?




The Millennium Falcon could’ve used a paint job like this!



Spending too much money at conventions is easy, but I was honored to help support Bustin For Autism in some small way by buying these hand-made pillows.


It’s great seeing local businesses there as well, such as the Texas Art Supply. How cool is this body painting?!



Comicpalooza has more artists than you can count, but have you ever seen life-size origami action heroes? Here is Master Origami Artist T.J. Fu standing by one of his amazing creations.




Over all it was a fantastic four days in Houston. I can’t wait to see what next year brings.
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Comicpalooza: Day 3

So today was the final day of the Comicpalooza Convention. I didn’t get nearly as many pictures as I wanted to but still shot some interesting stuff. Enjoy!

 

The youngest attended with me as Darth Vader.

No Houston area conference is complete without Triscelle Publishing! Here’s one of their fabulous authors, Cornelia Amiri.

And here is artist Jeff Balke with one of his biggest little fans.

Comicpalooza!

What’s fun, involves gaming, comics, movies, sci-fi, fantasy, literature, art, and all kinds of unique people? That’s right, Comicpalooza in Houston, TX. Today is the start of this three day convention that has seriously grown over the past couple of years. This will be my first year attending and I can’t wait!

I know it’s not easy to see on the above diagram, however I’m sure this will be available on site as well. I’ll be just above the “Artist Alley” on the left side of the first floor. I’ll be at booth #1831 alongside authors J.D. Faver and Mina Khan.


Aside from signing books and meeting our readers, all three of us will also be on panels throughout the event. I will be on two Saturday: No Right Way to Write at 1pm, and Vampires and Shifters: Why Do We Love Them? at 6pm. On Sunday I’ll be on: Prose: The Art and Science of Choosing the Right Words at 12pm, and Kick Ass Heroes and Heroines at 3pm. As far as I can tell most if not all of my panels will be in room 3.

So whether you’re a Trekkie, Star Wars fan, Whovian, or none of the above, you should come out to Comicpalooza for a unique and interesting weekend.

WWWW: A Sign of the Times?

I’ve decided to try some semblance of a schedule on my blog. So, for now we’re going to begin with World Wide Web Wednesdays. Every Wednesday I’ll post something funny, crazy, or interesting I’ve found on the web. You’ve been warned. 


Those of us who have lived in a large city our whole lives aren’t necessarily surprised to learn of drug deals happening on busy street corners late at night. But, what if they’re advertised? This sign, posted in the Houston Chronicle, almost looks like an ad right? I’m sure it is in fact an angry neighborhood resident sick of the lack of response from HPD about this known spot. Heck, I can drive around the city and point out where to buy drugs and pick up hookers too, but I don’t think helping the uninformed is the way to go.